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Sure, you can waltz across Texas to the Cornell Hurd Band’s Texas Fruit Shack (Behemoth), but you can also shuffle, two-step, boogie, and maybe even jitterbug. Joined by guest stars like Johnny Bush, Austinite Hurd fronts a versatile group that puts an authoritative stamp on the full run of Lone Star styles. His originals revel in classic country’s ingenious wordplay (“It Wouldn’t Be Hell Without You”) while his remakes range from the familiar (“Good Rockin’ Tonight”) to the obscure (“Talk About Me,” a lost Johnny Paycheck gem). JOHN MORTHLAND

Among those who earned a star on the jazz map from their hard times with the brilliant but abusive Charles Mingus were two edgy R&B saxophonists from Texas, Booker Ervin and John Handy. The pair joined the formidable bassist in a period of prodigious output; Mingus’ compositional smarts were coming to the fore, and

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